They demand free power supply, establishment of gem park and liberal loans
TIRUCHI: Synthetic diamond units in Tiruchi, Pudukottai and Perambalur districts, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Synthetic Diamond All Manufacturers' Association, downed shutters on Tuesday seeking implementation of their 15-point charter of demands.
The association urged the Centre and the State Government to ban the import of synthetic diamonds and establish a gem park here for protecting and promoting the industry.
Their other demands included establishment of a research and development centre to update and enhance the skills of synthetic diamond manufacturers, a quality training centre for imparting special training to the labourers, constitution of a synthetic diamond labour welfare board, creation of marketing centres to ensure direct contact with jewellery manufactures, import of new machines etc. They demanded provision of free power supply to synthetic diamond units, liberal loans through nationalised banks to the trained synthetic gem manufacturers and labourers, and special funds for development of the industry. Led by the advisor of the association R. Sridhar, a large number of members, participated in the rally taken out from the Vestry School Junction to the Collectorate.
The president and secretary of the association, G. Thiruvengadam and Rajadurai respectively took part in the rally. The leaders presented a memorandum to the authorities concerned later.